Spanish Masters in Amsterdam

The ‘Spanish Masters from the Hermitage. The world of El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Murillo & Goya’ exhibition can be admired in the Hermitage until 29 May. This exhibition draws attention to the broader context of painting in the Spanish Golden Century (second half of the sixteenth and the seventeenth century) and the echoes and continuation in subsequent centuries.

Spanish masterpieces were created during the reign of Philip II, the absolute monarch of a colonial empire who enforced strict rules for Catholic paintings. The period that followed was dominated by artists including Francisco de Zurbáran, also known as the Spanish Caravaggio.

A great many aspects of Spanish history are highlighted in this collection, such as the horrors of Napoleon’s conquest in 1808, bullfighting and Mediterranean pub life. The variation of the exhibition is also expressed in the alternation of Spanish painting styles: Baroque, Rococo, dramatic realism and spiritual minimalism.

Right in the centre of Amsterdam, the Plantage neighbourhood offers nature and culture in laidback surroundings. Wander through its many parks, stroll along its canals or have a drink at one of those wonderful waterside terraces.

The Hermitage Amsterdam on the banks of the river Amstel

Italian wine from Sagra dell'Uva

One of the area's many canals

The new public square next to the zoo is a great place for a picnic and offers lots of water fun for kids

Catch blooming tulips in April

The Tropenmuseum

Bike rental at the Plantage Middenlaan

Entrance to the Wertheimpark

Fleamarket at Waterlooplein

Open air expo at Mr. Visserplein

The replica of the East Indiaman 'De Amsterdam' can be visited via the National Maritime Museum

Summertime lazing next to one of the Plantage's many canals: a must-do in Amsterdam